The LGBTQ Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey presents: “Unchecking Boxes: Stewardship to all God’s Children.”
Every time Episcopalians renew our baptismal vows, we promise to “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” We say aloud, “I will, with God’s help.” This is one chance to receive God’s help. The LGBTQ Commission of the diocese has a two-fold mission: to educate around issues of gender and sexuality, and to advocate for full inclusion of all God’s children, regardless of orientation or gender identity.
We invite you to join our very first public (online) gathering around the welcome and experience of the LGBTQIA+ community in our parishes and in society. We will look at the past, present, and future, hear queer voices, and suggest actions we can take individually and together as we seek to fulfill the baptismal covenant and resemble even more God’s beloved community.
All are welcome. All questions are welcome. Spread the word!
Our presenters will be:
The Rev. D. Scott Russell (he/him) serves as the Episcopal chaplain at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He also serves as the chair of the diocesan LGBTQ Commission, as a part of anti-racism training, and as the Interfaith/Ecumenical officer.
Ayden Petrone (they/them) is a candidate for priesthood in the Diocese of New Jersey. As a non-binary/trans* individual, they have spent many years advocating for those who are gender diverse and providing training to hospitals, universities, as well as churches, on gender diversity and pronoun importance. Ayden currently lives in Ewing, NJ, with their wife of almost ten years and their 5-year-old son.
Micah Cronin (he/him) is a candidate for priesthood in the Diocese of New Jersey. As a gay and transgender man, he has long been involved in LGBTQ advocacy and ministry. He currently lives in Princeton.